* Game-breaking shooter
* Gets to the free throw line often and converts
* Isn't afraid to take the big shot
* Shot selection at times questionable
* Shooting guard by trade, not a true point
* Not an explosive athlete compared to NBA's top points
Pullen is generally regarded as a second-round pick if he's chosen at all. He's a competitor and loves pressure situations, so he'll compete for a job. If he does earn a spot, it's because of his ability to affect games with his deep shooting. Could have helped his cause by playing at the Portsmouth Invitational, but he pulled out at the last minute.
Pullen led the Wildcats in 12 statistical categories, including scoring, double-figure scoring games (29), field goals (191), 3-point field goals (74), free throws (170), assists (115), steals (49) and minutes. He was chosen to several All-American teams, including third-team by The Associated Press, The Sporting News and Yahoo! Sports and fourth-team by FOXSports.com. He was also one of just two unanimous selections to coaches' All-Big 12 first team and the first Wildcat since Norris Coleman in 1986 and 1987 to earn first team all-conference twice in a career. Also won the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award, given to the nation's top senior, six feet and under, by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
20.2 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.7 apg, 3.0 tpg, 1.5 spg, 32.6 mpg, .439 FG, .381 3PT, .773 FT
Pullen, Kansas State's all-time leading scorer with 2,132 points, scored 38 in his final game, against Wisconsin in the NCAA Tournament.
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What Insiders Say:
Kansas State coach Frank Martin
"Jake has earned everything that has come his way. He wins, he produces and he is accountable. Whether we have won or lost, he comes out and answers the questions every single day. He is a stand-up kid. I wish I would have been that stand-up when I was 21 years old."
What Outsiders Say:
Kansas coach Bill Self
"He had 38 points on national TV against a team that did not deserve to be ranked No. 1 in the country. Pullen is class all the way. … I do not think we guarded him very well. We gave him too much leeway early, and he was able to get shots off. When you get into a rhythm as a scorer like he is, it is hard to stop him after that."
Colorado coach Tad Boyle
"I think I've got as much respect for him as a player and a competitor as any player I' ve ever coached against. He's got a big-time heart. His size doesn't overwhelm you, his speed doesn't overwhelm you; he just has a will and a heart and a competitive nature that I respect so much. He's a winner."
Chris Dortch is the editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook.
|Three-point field goals: 2007-08, 40-for-132 (.303); 2008-09, 75-for-224 (.335); 2009-10, 110-for-278 (.396); 2010-11, 74-for-194 (.381). Totals: 299-for-828 (.361).|